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Stadium plans submitted for approval

October 05, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN

karenh@herald-mail.com

About 2,000 people will be able to watch games from the bleachers at the planned Mike Callas Stadium, according to construction documents for the North Hagerstown High School facility.

The Washington County Board of Education voted 7-0 to submit designs for the new stadium to the Public School Construction Program staff for state review and approval.

According to architect Brent Feight, who addressed the board at its meeting Tuesday night, the plans call for the stadium to include seating capacity for nearly 2,000 people. Chair seating would be available in the middle four sections of the stadium, with benches to either side, Feight, of Bushey Feight Morin Architects Inc., told the board.

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According to mikecallas stadium.org, the Web site of the citizens group that has raised money for the project, people can buy the rights to stadium seats for $500 over five years. Buyers will have their seats personalized with their names and graduation years, and they have the right of first refusal for season tickets.

The stadium would occupy about 21/2 acres in the area of the driver's education parking lot, Feight said. It will be designed to accommodate soccer, football, track and lacrosse, Feight said.

Bid documents for the field call for natural grass, with turf as an alternative, Feight said.

The stadium would house a concession area and school store. The complex, including the seating and a press box with an elevator, will be handicapped accessible, Feight said.

The designs will accommodate later plans to add a field house and about 1,000 seats on the visitors side of the field, Feight told the board. The additions would depend on funding and the athletic program's direction at the time, Feight said after the vote.

Board member Wayne D. Ridenour said during the meeting that a plan to add visitors seating was unusual "to say the least."

More than $500,000 in government money has been pledged to the project, which is expected to cost about $3.5 million.

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